SAUK VILLAGE | The village has announced its schedule for distributing bottled water to residents in the wake of an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency finding that well water in the village exceeds safe limits for vinyl chloride.
According to the IEPA, when the vinyl chloride levels reach 2.0 parts per billion, the water is officially contaminated and not safe to drink. The highest level recorded in the village is 1.68 ppb.
The village is required to inform residents of the findings when the level reaches 1.0 ppb.
To meet IEPA requirements, the village is providing bottled water. However, a letter from the IEPA says the water is safe for drinking, bathing and cooking, Village President Lewis Towers told the media at a special meeting Thursday.
According to the village website, the village will distribute water from the Ed Paesel Community Center behind the Village Hall at 21801 Torrence Ave. as follows:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
4 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 28 and 29
Proof of residency will be required. A maximum of three gallons per household per day as requested.
Residents are asked to check the Sauk Village website for updates at www.saukvillage.org. Notices will be posted at the Village Hall, Sauk Village Police and Fire Departments and the McConathy Public Library.
There is a hotline to provide residents with current updates on the emergency water project at (708) 753-5140. The hours are noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. next week. These times are subject to change.